AC Sabre v1.1 Update: Audiobus 3 Support and More

Air Craft is pleased to announce the latest update, v1.1 to AC Sabre Motion MIDI Instrument. We’ve made added several major features in this release…

  • Audiobus 3 support as MIDI Input device
  • Automatic Bluetooth advertising (no more tedious steps enable it)
  • Zero-tap, auto-connection to iPad via new free AC Central app! Download it for on your iPad »
  • Audiobus preset saving both locally (same device running AC Sabre & Audiobus) and to iPad (AC Sabre on iPhone connected to iPad running Audiobus) via AC Central
  • Hands Free Mode now works when AC Sabre is in background.
  • A few bits of housecleaning…

AC Sabre v1.1.0  out now on the app store »



AC Sabre Shreds it Up on Moog Model 15 iPad App

In this latest video series we take a look at how AC Sabre’s multi-dimensional expression takes the Moog’s Model 15 to another dimension. Whether you are into dark grime and trap basses, vintage synth leads or dubstep risers, there’s something here for you. Also check out the tutorial video below to see how to get up and running with AC Sabre & the Model 15 in just a few minutes.

Moog’s Model 15 Preset Tour with the AC Sabre MIDI Controller

Up and Running with Moog Model 15 & AC Sabre MIDI Controller for iOS

On the iTunes Store

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Get Moog Model 15 for the iPad »

Why We Need New Musical Instruments

Real Instruments Are Expressive

On a guitar, you can play the same note a hundred different ways. You can tell that it’s Jimi Hendrix or Eddie Van Halen just after a couple notes. Every guitarist vibratos their notes, but BB King is famous for his vibrato. This is possible because a guitar, like most physical instruments has potential for rich dynamic expression.

And this expression is connected to your energy. If you want to make your sound have more “attitude”, you just play with more attitude. If you want a softer tone, you simply play more gently. You don’t say “I want more attitude so I’ll add high frequency content by increasing the velocity of my pick attack by 30%”.  This is precisely what you have to do with the current tools for playing electronic instruments. This thought process creates hesitation which disconnects you from your creative flow.

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A Ready Made Sound Library Organisation Strategy

Creative flow. Being in the zone. Spontaneous expression of the moment. With my guitar, I’ve known this state of being, but when it comes to electronic production it seems fleeting, usually overwhelmed by a wave of technical hurdles and worse…the hunt for the next sound. Inspired by the motivational kick in the rear from the fantastic Ill Methodology video series, I decided to get a better handle on my sound library.

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Understanding the iOS Layer Drawing & Display Hierarchy – A Detailed Look Behind the Scenes

The first time I was confronted with the need to do some custom drawing in my iOS app, I spent longer understanding and deciding how to begin than I did actually doing the drawing code itself. Through much trial and error, and many pages of Apple docs and Stack Overflow posts, I journeyed through a steep, though ultimately satisfying, learning curve about how the CALayer drawing methods fit together.

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